Shot in 1996 when director Michael Lucid was a senior in high school and then edited in 2000, Dirty Girls is a work of nonfiction portraiture about a group of rebellious thirteen-year-old “riot grrrls” who became well-known around their Los Angeles school for their thrifty clothing, unkempt hygiene, and interests in feminism. In addition to the eighth-graders’ unconventional appearance and behavior, the creation and distribution of their own women’s rights zine only bolstered the ostracization they experienced from their peers. Lucid gives the “dirty girls” opportunities to express themselves while also including interviews with classmates who hold various opinions, some quite strong, about them. The film — while brief — maintains a curious insight into a very specific group of people in a specific time and achieves, in its sober exploration, the thematic weight of personal history and an empathy for the outcasts of a world particularly divided by social stratification.